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An unknown British actor called Andrew Garfield has been picked to follow in Tobey Maguire‘s cobwebbed footsteps as the next star of Spider-Man.

After a worldwide casting search, Columbia Pictures has announced that 26-year-old Andrew will play Peter Parker and his arachnid alter ego in Spidey’s next big-screen adventure, which goes into production in early December and swings into theaters in 3D on July 3, 2012, report ET Online.

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“Though his name may be new to many, those who know this young actor’s work understand his extraordinary talents. He has a rare combination of intelligence, wit, and humanity. Mark my words, you will love Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker,” says director Marc Webb, who succeeds Sam Raimi in helming the blockbuster franchise.

So far Andrew has appeared in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus and Lions for Lambs. He most recently worked with director David Fincher on The Social Network, and he also plays the lead male opposite Keira Knightley and Carey Mulligan in Never Let Me Go, expected out later this year.

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